How to Bake a Cake – by Kaelyn

Step 1: When Mommy comes home, show her how hurt your feelings are by crying miserably. Forget that nonsense about "big girls don't cry." All the big kids went across the street to play and you're too little to go. They left you at home with no one to play with. Boohoo. 

Step 2: When Mommy asks if you want to do something fun (just the two of you), nod somberly, then wipe away your tears and sniff back the snot. When she asks if you'd like to bake a cake, lose your mind and cheer wildly. 

Step 3: Help Mommy search for an easy cake recipe using the keywords EASY CAKE RECIPE. Type in the letters when she spells them to you. 

Step 4: Drag out the big tubs of sugar and flour from Daddy's cookie stuff. Get the big bowls from the cabinet.

Step 5: Tell your mom to take pictures of you making the cake. 

Step 6: Cream together a stick of butter and a cup of sugar. This is tough, so when your brother asks if he can help, tell him he can even though he left you stranded in the house. Stir in 2 tsp vanilla. We didn't have anymore vanilla so we used almond extract instead. Because we're creative like that.

Add butter Cream butter 2 

Step 7: Mix in two eggs. One for you and one for your brother.Crack eggs 

Step 8: In a different bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1 3/4 tsp baking powder. Then little by little, add it to the other bowl. Make your bucket-headed older brother do all the mixing and you be in charge of the dumping. Add 1 cup of milk. Make your brother mix until his arm is ready to fall off and the batter is all blended.
Mix flour
Step 9: Choose the Bundt thingy when your mom tells you to get a cake pan. Strike a pose.
Pan hats

Step 10: Ask your mom if you can mix in some chocolate chips because you really, REALLY like chocolate chips. Go get Daddy's big tub of chocolate chips when she says you can. Mix in 1 cup of chips while your brother greases and flours the pan.
Mix chips and butter pan
Step 11: Question your brother's sanity when he makes crazy faces as he pours the batter in the pan. Get flour all over your face, too. That's important. You're too little, your brother is clumsy, and the oven is hot, so let your mom put the cake in the oven.
Pour batter
Step 12: Taste test the batter. Salmonella, be damned.
Lick batter
Step 13: Watch the cake bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Watch cake
Step 14: A watched cake never bakes (or so Mommy says), so pass the time encouraging teenage anarchy and young adult promiscuity:

Step 15: Watch the cake. Eat dinner. Watch the cake. Tell your mom that you're finished eating. Watch the cake. Go back to your seat to eat three more pieces of broccoli. Watch the cake. Ask if the cake is done yet. It's not done yet. Watch the cake. Take a bath – a quick one, you can go back and watch the cake.

Step 16: It's DONE! Wait for it to cool. Read a Skippyjon Jones book with your mom while you wait. Wait for her to cut it, then finally, 

Step 17: ENJOY!
Eat cake


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  1. Kristin on March 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Moments like that are truly priceless!

  2. Lavender Luz on March 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I wanna live closer to your yummy house. Kaelyn could come over and teach me all Frank’s baking secrets.

  3. N on March 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Sure looks like the perfect way to bake a cake to me!

  4. Baby Smiling In Back Seat on March 30, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I’m loving the bundt hats.

  5. jenn on March 30, 2010 at 7:14 am


  6. Trish K on March 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

    How fun! We always make a cake from a box because we so don’t have the ingredients that we would need to make one from scratch. We aren’t so creative over here at our house.

  7. Kimbosue on March 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

    That is awesome! CH-CH-CH-CH-CH-CH-CHERRY BOMB!

  8. Carrie on March 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

    WOAAAAAAAAAH!!! A cake not from a box – I bow down.
    I can picture her going through each of those steps.
    How was the cake?

  9. Melody on March 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

    BEST VIDEO EVER. Thank you for introducing the next generation to the delights of Joan Jett. Awesome.

  10. Miss W on March 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Loving the video!!!

  11. Sunny on March 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Your family has a gift with desserts. And shakin’ booty, if your promises about Frank are true!

  12. Cindy on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    You are just one AWESOME mom. That’s all I’m sayin’.

  13. Bridget Kao on March 31, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Awesome video and yummy looking cake!

  14. Beautiful Mess on March 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Awww you ARE the best EVER! That cakes looks great! Way to go everyone!

  15. Quiet Dreams on March 31, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Sounds like a fun time! Your kids are so gorgeous.

  16. mrs spock on April 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Easy Cakes recipes = Box of Pillsbury here. Though it’s not as adventurous…

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  18. FET Accompli on April 18, 2010 at 2:17 am

    That video was totally adorable! And the cake looks yummmmmy!